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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

On this Borneo vacation you will visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located in Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which is home to a community of orangutans and other wildlife which have been found injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. The Centre works hard to educate the local and international community on the importance of preserving the regions indigenous wildlife but also to rehabilitate the animals back into their natural environments. The Centre has had such an amazing success rate and is now working in conjunction with Matang Wildlife Centre, in Kubah National Park, to coordinate the wider release of the animals. This important work is done with the help of donations and entrance fees to the center paid on your behalf by our local agents.
In conjunction with Orangutan Appeal UK, for every booking to Borneo we adopt our chosen Sepilok orangutan, Gelison, in your names for a year. Orangutan Appeal UK works to support the orangutans of Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre which provides 24hr essential care for orphaned and injured orangutans with the aim to rehabilitate them into the wilds of the adjacent Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and beyond. Funds from the adoption costs go towards funding the Centre’s work providing food, medical care and a safe refuge for the orangutans as well as being an important educational tool for visitors.

Community

Our local Borneo ground agents employ only local guides and drivers thereby keeping all moneys paid to staff in the local community. They own and run the two jungle lodges used on the trip, Nanga Sumpa Lodge and Lubok Kasai. Both lodges were built in conjunction with the local Ulu tribe and roles are fulfilled by the Ulu tribes-people including boat transfers and lodge staff. Where possible, food served to guests at the lodges is sourced locally thereby providing a further income to local residents. The lodge provides excellent opportunities not only to explore the surrounding jungle reserves and search for the resident wildlife but also to learn a little about the Ulu Ai culture while generating an important source of income for the tribe.
This vacation stays in the boutique Hotel Vagabond in Singapore, a member of the Garcha Hotels chain which supports the Aashita Foundation. Their main purpose is to transform children’s lives through love, support and education, delivered in a protected and caring environment. Aashita was set up in 2011 in Jaipur, India to work exclusively for orphaned and abandoned girls. It currently has 13 girls in its care aged between six and thirteen. Its mission is to fully support and educate each of these girls through to adulthood, providing them with the ability to lead independent and fulfilled lives. The girls live with three “mothers” in a large house with a familial atmosphere. In addition, there are two live in teachers and further support staff to look after all their needs.

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Reviewed on 03 Dec 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Luang Prabang and a day excursion to Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do not book with a travel Agent that does not send you a change of hotel booked and paid for since January and you get your final documents two weeks before you leave for the vacation to find you have been shoved into a hotel you did not know about or agree to and are then told it is too late to book anywhere else. Also if a hotel stops doing bed and breakfast and only room only ensure your travel agent informs you of this before four weeks before you travel and that the hotel you are upgraded to is not renovating the rooms directly under yours with drills and banging from 09.30 in the morning till 21.30 at night which the hotel management describes as occasional noise.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It cost me a lot of money over £3000.00 for twelve nights and I got five nights sleep and after the apology for a bad booking from the Agent, was offered 8 free dinners and 3 free lunches in Laos and after the first vomited for 36 hours and lost a free day in Vientiane and actually considered paying for a flight to bring me home.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback Ms Mckenna, we hope that you enjoyed your experience in South East Asia overall, and we are happy to hear that your
tourism benefited the places that you visited. With regard to the points raised The hotel in Singapore was changed approximately four weeks prior to
departure because the original one closed their restaurant, approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. The new hotel was of a higher standard and in what
we would consider to be a better location and, as the tour operator, we absorbed the additional costs associated with this relocation. We were unfortunately
not notified by the new hotel of any building works which were being carried out at the time of the stay, and can only apologise that this was disruptive, We
have fed back to the hotel that communication of such planned works is vital.
It was our oversight that we failed to notify you the change of hotel in Luang Prabang, which happened in the early stages of the reservation. The original
choice was block booked by a large touring party. The alternative hotel was an upgrade and we offered to include all meals in Laos by way of apology for the
late notification, it is a shame that you suffered illness whilst in Laos, and hope that this did not spoil your vacation too greatly or deter you from future
travel.

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